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When the Body Says No: The cost of hidden stress Mass Market Paperback – 18 June 2019

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Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer's disease? Is there such a thing as a 'cancer personality'?

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Gabor Mate is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative-care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver's Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his ground-breaking medical work and writing, he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country's highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. To learn more, join his e-news list at www.drgabormate.com.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribe Publications (18 June 2019)
  • Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1925849643
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1925849646
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars It could save your life
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John Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a much-needed compass to connect the dots between chronic diseases and emotional states. Highly recommended!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but a too anecdotal
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for hypochondriacs, health anxiety or psychosomatic people. Triggers everywhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for hypochondriacs, health anxiety or psychosomatic people. Triggers everywhere.
Reviewed in Canada on 1 June 2021
So. This book is not for the faint of heart. And you can see it in his face: Gabor Mate is a genius, but he is also hard and rough.
This book read by the wrong hands can be dangerous. Why? Because it gives you the 1001 possible illnesses that you can have if you parents so much as failed in any aspect.
Problem: well if you are an hypochondriac or have any type of anxiety about your health state well this book is basically a torture device. The first 263 pages (on a total of 306) will be about horrible, depressing sometimes gruesome cases of people who unable to deal with difficult emotions (due to mainly a horrid childhood) get sick.
And the undefeated correlation between a bad childhood= unable to deal with emotions= a deadly illness that you are destined too.
The book also somewhat says that you could be wrong here and there but what bothers me is the tiny space left for : "this is what you should do"..
I already read so much suffering, so many illnesses. My childhood felt like a dead sentence and now you only gave me around 16 pages to explain a solution?
I really enjoyed the message dont get me wrong, it is obvious that we are willing to make ourselves sick in order to avoid any "negative" emotions. But believe me it is not for the faint of heart. As an anxiety person this was rough af.
I do have to admit I will apply wholeheartedly the "A's" he recommended to avoid illnesses, but by god, it does paint a dark future and a dark overall view of the future for all child trauma sufferers.
Not the kindest or the nicest book to read but a really important message:
Allow yourself to feel, to say no when you need to, to get angry and to really listen to what you are feeling no matter how "negative" or "unacceptable" you think for you it is. Cause if you dont do this your body will be saying no and that no comes in a horrible illness crawling from a mistreated infant bed until your middle life and cripples you, so that you finally pay attention to your abandoned/mistreated inner child.

Rough read, probably necessary read. Beware fellow hypochondriac and somatics, read slow, and also: this may be too much and too rough.
Kinder perspectives have been painted. If you want a kinder non illness pointing or finger pointing I recomend:

Radical acceptance by Tarah Brach

Self compassion by Kristin Neff

They kinda have the same message without the "cancer personality" or "alzheimer future" threats. Good lord. I hope we are all gonna be ok. For the looks of this book we are pretty much screwed :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gabor Mate get's it. "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Highly recommended book.
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